Sensation of Water-Breaking
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Ravi P. Chokshi, MD

Ravi P. Chokshi, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN), Critical Care)

Current Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow with Dual board certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Critical Care Medicine. | 5+ years experience managing a general Ob/Gyn practice and working in the Intensive Care Unit. | Previously Physician Lead of a large single specialty practice with 8 Physicians and 10+ Advanced practitioners. | Member of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Patient education committee. | Frequent Medscape Consult contributor.

Seiji Kanazawa, MD, PHD

Seiji Kanazawa, MD, PHD (Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN))

Dr. Kanazawa graduated from the Niigata University Faculty of Medicine and received his Ph.D. from the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine. He is working on the front line of the General Perinatal Center, including the Tokyo Tama General Medical Center and the National Center for Research in Fertility Medicine, where he provides maternal and fetal care and undertakes clinical research. At Ubie, Dr. Kanazawa has been designing the Ubie AI Symptom Checker and has taken on the role of general obstetrics and gynecology consultation at FMC Tokyo Clinic by providing fetal ultrasound and prenatal consultation.

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  • Feels like amniotic fluid is coming out

  • Feels like my water has broken

  • Sensation of water-breaking

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About the Symptom

In pregnancy, the baby's water bag (amniotic sac) can break with labor, or even before it. Most patients will feel a large gush of fluid come out of the vagina when this happens, but in some cases the leaking may be less dramatic and intermittent.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Sensation of water-breaking

Possible Causes

Generally, Sensation of water-breaking can be related to:

  • Threatened Miscarriage

    A threatened abortion or miscarriage are the same condition. A patient may present with vaginal bleeding or cramping in early pregnancy, but an ultrasound will show a live fetus (baby) and the patients cervix will be closed. The majority of these patients will continue to have a normal pregnancy, but some will progress to complete miscarriage.

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Sensation of water-breaking may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Premature Rupture of Membranes

    Premature rupture of membranes (PROM) is a rupture of the membranes (amniotic sac) before labor begins, close to term. If membrane rupture occurs before 37 weeks, it's called preterm PROM. PROM occurs in about 8% to 10% of all pregnancies. In most cases, the cause of PROM is unknown. Risk factors include infections of the uterus, cervix, or vagina, or increased amniotic fluid causing too much stretching of the amniotic sac.

  • Uterine Contractions
  • Chorioamnionitis
  • Threatened Preterm Labor

  • Placental Abruption

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you feel like your water has broken?

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References

  • ACOG Practice Bulletin - Prelabor Rupture of Membranes

    https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-bulletin/articles/2020/03/prelabor-rupture-of-membranes

  • Martin JE. Management of premature rupture of the membranes. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 1973 Dec;16(4):213-25. doi: 10.1097/00003081-197312000-00013. PMID: 4617646.

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/4617646/

  • Dayal S, Hong PL. Premature Rupture of Membranes. [Updated 2023 Jul 17]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK532888/

Reviewed By:

Ravi P. Chokshi, MD

Ravi P. Chokshi, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN), Critical Care)

Current Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow with Dual board certification in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Critical Care Medicine. | 5+ years experience managing a general Ob/Gyn practice and working in the Intensive Care Unit. | Previously Physician Lead of a large single specialty practice with 8 Physicians and 10+ Advanced practitioners. | Member of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine Patient education committee. | Frequent Medscape Consult contributor.

Seiji Kanazawa, MD, PHD

Seiji Kanazawa, MD, PHD (Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN))

Dr. Kanazawa graduated from the Niigata University Faculty of Medicine and received his Ph.D. from the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine. He is working on the front line of the General Perinatal Center, including the Tokyo Tama General Medical Center and the National Center for Research in Fertility Medicine, where he provides maternal and fetal care and undertakes clinical research. At Ubie, Dr. Kanazawa has been designing the Ubie AI Symptom Checker and has taken on the role of general obstetrics and gynecology consultation at FMC Tokyo Clinic by providing fetal ultrasound and prenatal consultation.

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